Proteas edge closer to series win

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Updated: August 20, 2012

Vernon Philander struck two vital blows as England limped to 16 for two in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of the third test against South Africa at Lord’s in London on Sunday.

South Africa had earlier been bowled out for 351 thanks to a wonderful century from Hashim Amla as the tourists set England an unlikely 346 runs to win.

England had to face a testing 13 overs before the close of play and they were soon on the back foot as seamer Philander trapped Alistair Cook (3) and Andrew Strauss (1) leg-before to end the day with figures of 4-1-4-2.

England 315 and 16 for 2 (Trott 6*, Bell 4*) need 330 more runs to beat South Africa 309 and 351 (Amla 121, Finn 4-60)